My great grandma used to make the world’s best biscuits. This is something my mom and I talk about quite often, along with the fact that she would never let anyone in the house go hungry for even a minute. I remember visiting her as a child and practically every meal was accompanied by a big white fluffy biscuit.
About two years ago, I decided to take on the task of learning to make them myself. I tried every biscuit recipe known to man – sour cream, crisco, cake flour, but it was the simplest combination of ingredients that ultimately won. Although I did not get the chance to steal my great grandmother’s recipe, I did go on a hunt to find White Lily flour – the brand it was said she always used.
I’m not positive if White Lily is sold everywhere (it might be regional to the South) but do take a look at your grocery store and you might just find it!
To make these super-simple delicious biscuits that would make any southern granny proud – all you need is:
- 2 Cups Self Rising Flour
- 1 Stick Salted Butter (Frozen)
- 1 Cup Buttermilk
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
Start by preheating your oven to 425° F
Add flour to a large bowl
Use a cheese grater to grate your frozen butter into the bowl of flour
Once butter is grated, gently mix the butter into flour with a fork (or hands if you prefer)
Pour in the buttermilk
Begin to mix the dough, keeping in mind not to overwork the dough – I tend to stir no more than 20 times for the correct consistency
Once dough is mixed, add a small amount of flour to your counter to prevent sticking
Empty contents of bowl onto floured surface
Begin to flatten dough, sprinkling more flour on top if sticking to your hands
Fold the corners of the dough in, creating layers – here is a youtube video for more technique
Flatten and repeat, when ready to cut, flatten until your dough is about an inch thick
Use a biscuit cutter or knife to create the desired shape for your biscuit – an empty jar works in a pinch too!
Place your cut biscuits on a sheet pan, sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
I like my biscuits to touch each other as I find it helps them rise.
If desired, top with melted butter or buttermilk to aid in browning. I like to pop mine in the oven with a sprinkle of salt on top.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or sometimes a bit longer depending on the size of biscuit. We want golden tops!
Serve warm with sausage gravy, jam, apple butter, or all three.
If you try these, report back in the comments, I’d love to hear your review!